Save Big on Exotic Cruises

Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska… if you’ve been there done that in regards to cruising then you might consider the exotic locales Royal Caribbean is voyaging to this year. The deep-sea odysseys depart from international hubs and vary in length from four to ten days. However, one thing that is consistent among all of the trips is that the price has been discounted to attract travelers who don’t normally globetrot on a regular basis. Take a look… the package deals might surprise you: SINGAPORE Talk about a deep discount… this four-night cruise is priced at just $349 per person for an … Continue reading

Romantic Cruises

What better way to reconnect with your spouse than to take a romantic voyage on the high seas? Cruises are known for being one of the most romantic vacation options. However, there are some cruise lines that are more conducive to love than others. Here’s a look at three cruise lines that have repeatedly shared the honor of “Most Romantic Odyssey.” Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity is regarded by cruise experts as one of the most romantic vessels on the water today. The cruise line is known as the best choice for couples that want big-ship features and small-ship … Continue reading

Cheap (But Stylish) Caribbean Cruises

My friend, her husband and twin teenage daughters spent their spring break cruising the Caribbean. They had a wonderful time; however, when she told me how much they paid for the trip my jaw hit the floor. Still, she insists it was worth every penny and since her girls are involved in a litany of summer activities it wasn’t feasible for her family to wait until the off-peak summer months to sail around the Caribbean. My pal’s vacation cost her a bundle, but if you are interested in taking a sun-soaked sail to the tropics for a fraction of what … Continue reading

Hitting The High Seas On A “Bloggers Cruise”

Have you ever read an incredibly riveting blog and wished you could meet the blogger in person? You aren’t alone. In fact, according to a senior cruise director for Carnival Cruise Lines, the requests for a blogger convention on the high seas reached such a fever pitch that the cruise line decided to give it a shot. Next year Carnival Cruises will host its first-ever “Bloggers Cruise.” The seven-day Western Caribbean cruise will operate roundtrip from Miami, January 19-26, 2008, and will visit Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. Prices for the seven-day “Bloggers Cruise” start … Continue reading

Concert Cruises

In previous blogs I’ve written about Hawaiian cruises, luxury cruises, and cheap cruises, but there’s a type of cruise that’s been getting a lot of press recently and it has nothing to do with the 50th State; it’s not pretentious; and (unfortunately) it’s not that cheap. It’s called a “Concert Cruise” and it’s a chance for fans to listen to the likes of country-music star Kenny Chesney sing on a secluded beach in the Caribbean. But, that’s not all. Passengers who board the “Concert Cruises” can take part in Q&A sessions with their favorite crooners, or interact with them at … Continue reading

Stretching Your Cruise Dollar

The best way to make the most of your next cruise is to select one that appeals to every member of your family.  After all, no one wants to waste time and money traveling with unhappy companions. In order to make every penny of your cruise vacation count look for ships which offer a range of activities for passengers of all ages.  Fortunately, these days mega-fun vessels are not hard to find.  Some of the world’s largest ships are home to massive on-board children’s play areas broken into separate zones for different age groups.  Other noteworthy features include multiple family-friendly … Continue reading

Float Your Holiday Boat

Tis the season to set sail or at least view a flotilla of festive lights parading on the water. Holiday boat parades are extremely popular this time of year in communities that feature large bodies of water.  The parade of lights is truly a sight to see.  Vessels of all shapes and sizes get decked out in twinkling illuminations and strut their stuff near shorelines crammed with excited onlookers. Among the most popular holiday light boat parades are: December 3rd:  Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade in Hampton, Virginia and Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla in Carolina Beach. December 10th:  Chanel … Continue reading

Disney on Ice 2012-2013 Season

A new year means a new group of Disney on Ice shows debuting for the public. All right, I know we’re over halfway through the year, but so many interesting things have been happening with Disney so far in 2012 that this got pushed back to the list. Plus, it’s unlikely that, given how new most of these shows are, they’re going anywhere for a while. Speaking of shows that aren’t going anywhere: Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic is still going strong. It started in 1999 to commemorate the Disney legacy, and although it’s sometimes toured under a … Continue reading

European Port Adventures

Today I’ve got some Disney cruise news that, unlike last time, isn’t just a little bit silly. The official Disney Parks blog, which really does seem to be more the official Disney vacation blog, announces some updates to the Disney European cruises. This summer all travelers aboard the Disney Magic, the cruise line’s often Europe-bound vessel, get to participate in the pilot launch of the European Port Adventures. The word “Adventure” is a hint; this new program reminds me very much of operations on an Adventures by Disney vacation. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if Disney’s putting its AbD … Continue reading

Epic Cruise Ship

They already have Dora, Diego and SpongeBob, so why would Norwegian Cruise Lines feel the need to add more to their kiddie cruise arsenal. Because they love them some Nickelodeon, that’s why. If you have always dreamed of taking your kids on a high seas adventure, but you didn’t know which voyage would make for a memorable sail, then I have one word for you: Epic. Epic is latest megaship in the NCL fleet. At a whopping 153,000 tons, the new ship can accommodate 4,100 passengers, including more than 1,000 children, and 1,700 crewmembers. All of the crewmembers are schooled … Continue reading